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FBI Agent Indicted in Suburban D.C. in Drunk Driving Death

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a story that has no good ending.

An FBI agent as been has been indicted by a D.C. suburban county grand jury in connection with a fatal drunk driving crash that killed an 18-year-old on Feb. 7 in Brandywine, Md.,  the Washington Examiner reported.

Washington Examiner reporter Emily Babay reported that a Prince George’s County grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against agent Adrian Johnson, 37, who was dismissed after the incident.

The paper reported that the charges include motor vehicle manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle, driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Authorities allege that Johnson was drunk and speeding in his personal vehicle, a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero,  when he drove into oncoming traffic and  crashed into 18-year-old Lawrence Garner Jr.’s Hyundai Sonata, according to the Examiner. A passenger in Garner’s car was critically injured, but survived.

Johnson had been with the agency for six years and was preparing for an assignment of protecting the FBI director or U.S. attorney general, the paper reported.

FBI Media Spokeswoman in Dallas-Ft. Worth Pleads Guilty in Drunk Driving Crash

dallas-map1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Life is just more painful when you mess up and you have a high profile job.

Ask Lori Bailey.

The ex-FBI agent,  who was the face of the FBI down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (she was the media spokeswoman), was the subject of Texas media reports this week after she pleaded guilty last Friday to drunk driving.

KRLD news radio reported that Bailey was arrested last year after causing a “wrong-way crash on the Dallas North Tollway” while driving at a high rate of speed.

She retired shortly after the arrest, the news radio station reported.
She was sentenced to two years probation.

Fed Air Marshals to Get 30 Day Suspension for Drunk Driving Arrests

Probably not a bad idea to craistock_000001465593xsmallckdown on federal air marshals who violate the law. Makes sense.

By Michael Grabell
ProPublica

Federal air marshals arrested on drunken-driving charges will face a 30-day suspension without pay under a new policy (PDF) from the Transportation Security Administration.

The penalty replaces a policy in which air marshals convicted of drunken driving could be punished with a letter of reprimand, one of the lowest penalties.

The new policy comes after a report by ProPublica found that more than 40 air marshals had been charged with crimes since the agency expanded after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The report appeared in Nov. 13 editions of USA Today.

Robert Bray, director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, said the tougher penalty is a way to implement “a culture of accountability” in the agency.

“We’ve had pretty strong feedback” from the rank and file, he said. “They feel as professionally and personally embarrassed by these actions as I do, and they want these people dealt with.”

Under the policy, a 30-day suspension is mandatory for any “alcohol-related offense,” a broad category that includes a police report of driving under the influence, refusing a sobriety test, an arrest or a conviction.

The minimum 30-day suspension puts the air marshals in line with other federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. It took effect Friday.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 armed air marshals fly undercover on U.S. flights to protect against possible terrorist attacks. The official number is classified.

At least nine air marshals have been convicted of drunken driving, according to a Transportation Security Administration memo obtained by ProPublica.

A group that lobbies on behalf of federal officers agreed with the change in policy.

“We’re out there to protect the families of the American public — not endanger them with drunk driving,” said Frank Terreri, an air marshal and representative with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. “We were honestly surprised that it was as lenient as it was.”

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who grilled TSA officials about drunken-driving incidents at a congressional hearing, said that he is encouraged by the stricter penalties but that air marshals convicted of driving drunk should be fired. “Their job is too important to get a conviction for drunken driving,” Poe said.